NATIONAL CUP TAKES CENTRE STAGE THIS WEEKEND

Focus now switches to the All-Ireland competitions this coming weekend with two Championship sides- Fox Lodge and St Johnston- participating in the Irish Senior Cup while the rest plus Qualifying 1 teams Creevedonnell and Sion Mills are involved in the National Cup.

The Foxies and the Saints are both on the road on Saturday, to Leinster and Phoenix respectively, and both look up against it despite the Ballymagorry men boasting the upper hand against their opponents having beaten them twice in this competition in recent years.

In the National Cup, Glendermott start favourites against Lurgan but will need to be wary of Niranjan Godbole among others if they hope to progress to the next round.

Burndennett will need to be better against Michael Irwin's Woodvale than they were against Ballyspallen at the weekend while Creevedonnell do at least have home advantage over what is habitually a strong Leinster Civil Service team.

‘Spallen themselves will relish taking on Wicklow side, Greystones, although Sion Mills and Killyclooney have difficult tasks away at Cliftonville and Balbriggan respectively.

Newbuildings wouldn't be without a decent chance of beating Academy and despite the long run to Kildare, Bonds Glen could conceivably get past the home side in that one if things fell their way.

1st Round ties-
Glendermott v Lurgan; Burndennett v Woodvale; Ballyspallen v Greystones; Creevedonnell v Civil Service (LCU); Cliftonville v Sion Mills; Academy v Newbuildings; Balbriggan v Killyclooney; North Kildare v Bonds Glen